Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tips to Skip the Bulge this Holiday Season!

A 3 Day Reset mid-week reverses holiday backslides: Make Monday to Wednesday Reset Days! 

Monday - Wednesday:
  • Drink Green Juice each day
  • Skip alcohol these days
  • Commit to a salad each day
  • Commit to 2-3 servings of veggies with each meal + your optimal protein source
  • Skip the processed foods
  • Our TLC Fall Cleanse is your weekly Reset Partner. Past clients, buy a 7 day cleanse and split it up into two 3-day segments!

    Purchase online here before December 17th with promo code GOBBLEUP to receive free shipping! 
Thursday through Sunday Festivities:
  • Eat ahead of time - Like going to the grocery store and never shopping hungry, going to a party starving is a recipe for extra poundage and feeling sluggish.
  • Did you eat a healthy protein option pre-party? One of the biggest cravings busters is ensuring healthy protein to help balance blood sugar.
  • Keep water in hand. Dehydration = hunger. Sipping on water is also a distraction for other nibbles and excess alcohol.

Gift the Gift that Keeps on Giving!

Give the gift that keeps on giving with life-changing results!

Higher Energy, Weight Loss / Maintenance, Better Sleep, Digestion and Allergies = A Priceless Return on Investment

A healthier friend or loved one makes a happier you :)

Give gift certificates good towards part or all of our programs including our upcoming Community Group Cleanse on January 26th! 
Available in $50, $100, $200 increments

SWAP! Steph's Rocking Beans

"I've been living off this recipe!

  • 1/2 yellow onion - browned
  • 1 jalapeño
  • Handful of chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 chopped red pepper
  • 1 can diced organic tomatoes
  • 1 can organic, low sodium, black beans *
  • 1 can organic, low sodium, pinto beans
  • 1 can organic, low sodium, drained kidney beans

I put the top on and bring to quick boil, then slow simmer.

Enjoy with a full avocado.

It's super cheap and one batch gives me 5 lunches!" - Love, Steph: past LoveLife client

Thanks Steph!

*LLM Note: This recipe is excellent for those of you testing nightshades. Experiencing digestive discomfort? Opt for 1/2 cup each of dried, soaked beans in place of the canned version.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Skin by Ann Webb - a top fave!

I first met Ann Webb 8 years ago when I was helping open a wellness center in Austin called Plum Blossom. The concept that what we put on our body was as important as what we put *in* our body was a new one at the time, with Ann at the helm of what many now take for granted. 

Ann is a bright light with even brighter skin, a testament to her life work and passion. Skin by Ann Webb is one of Whole Foods top selling skin care lines for good reason. Ingredients are all natural, cutting edge and both effective and affordable. 

Her cleansers are some of my favorites and I personally use her delicious smelling Peppermint Milk Cleanser in the winter and migrate to the Spearmint Tea Cleanser for a more sudsing cleanser in the sweltering summer months. 

Ann's philosophy for affordable skin care also extends to her facials. Her AW Customized Facial for new clients is $65 and will leave you with the signature Ann Web glow!

Love the Wines That'll Love You Back! + a Challenge for YOU!

On my introductory calls in which I explain the method of LoveLife, I inevitably receive a sheepish question that sounds something like this: “Ummm, I’m kind of embarrassed to ask you this, but uhhh, how long do I have to go without wine during the program?”

Sound familiar?

As a former San Franciscan who practically lived in the wine country in her early 20s, looked at attending enology school to become a winemaker and who moved to Austin with a cherished 150-bottle collection of hand-picked faves, I get it!

However, upon discovering that wine was my nemesis – sleepless nights, brain fog, lower energy and skin issues – I slowly phased it out of my life throughout my 20s and 30s, until finally, rarely dipping a toe back in the bottle only to recall why I chose to nix it.

Many of our clients are surprised to discover that wine makes them feel less than stellar, while others can enjoy a glass or two and feel fine. While ignorance might be bliss - insomnia, stomach issues, low energy and allergies - siphon it away.

But what if wine’s bite softened or even disappeared?

I’ve discovered some less reactive wines and am excited to share these with you in time for the holiday cheer.

I would also like to request your assistance in a fun experiment. Help us find wines that are less reactive and taste delicious!!

How? Drink up Buttercups! And follow these steps:

1. Read this article to learn what to look for in a non-reactive wine.
2. Choose wines accordingly
3. Drink up and listen to your body’s responses
4. Report back here on our Facebook.
5. The winners of this challenge will be further vetted out for reactivity and will make it into our top wine recommendations. We will share these recommendations early next year.

But first, read on to learn why wines can rattle our cages so and what types of wines you want to choose instead.

There’s a lot more to wine’s cherished complexities than most of us realize: fire retardants and cleaning chemicals used in the oak that ages many wines; pesticides and nasty chemicals sprayed to protect the grapes (which by the way are not washed when crushed and ultimately bottled); chemical additives used to finish wines; high levels of sulfites which are added to 98% of wine (separate issue from the naturally occurring sulfites produced by the fermentation process).

Our subtle notes can waft as many as 80 chemicals per bottle along with molds, tannins, sugars and sulfites, creating an elixir of reactivity and unknown long-term consequences.
With so many facets how can we identify our personal culprits and how to therefore suss out our best wine match? While it is difficult to know for sure, one of the best starting places is with sulfites.

Ask wine sommeliers, aficionados or servers about sulfites and you might receive a snub of the nose and a “Sulfites are in all wines” response.

True. Sulfites are naturally occurring in wines due to the fermentation process.

However, 98% of wines also add an additional cocktail of sulfite chemicals, often in high concentrations.

Why does this matter?

Sulfites are more reactive than commonly realized. A classic textbook sulfite allergy includes breathing difficulties and headaches. This type of reaction in rare instances can be very serious triggering an anaphylactic response due to an allergy. This is why the USDA requires labeling of all foods containing added sulfites. These types of reactions however are rare.

Much more common are the little known Sulfite Intolerances. Like other food intolerances, these have yet to gain mainstream awareness and so any snooty sulfite snubbers are simply blissfully unaware.

But in our programs, the symptoms elicited by sulfites which many of our clients experience, both to those contained in wine and those in dried fruits and other high sulfite foods, are undeniable.

Some of these symptoms we commonly witness during the testing phase of our programs include: sleep issues, increased stress and anxiety, digestive issues, allergies, weight gain and lower energy levels.

So why use Sulfites at all?

Sulfites are added to wines as a preserving agent and with this preservation they enhance the wines flavors while also retaining these flavors, even in the face of unwanted invaders such as molds or shipping and storage in higher heats. It takes both great skill and artistry to create a wine that can age and retain its complexities in the absence of additives. In addition it takes more solid control of transportation, harvesting and aging conditions, which are harder to control.

There is a wide variance in the amounts of sulfites each vintner adds. Mass market wines blast their wines with sulfites and heavier chemicals in order to ensure the wine tastes the same year to year rather than embracing vintage variations. Many finer wines fluctuate with the natural harvest year to year and are more of an art form. These wines sometimes use less sulfites but these assumptions do not always hold true. False assumptions can wreak havoc if you’re sensitive.

The most reliable standard is through the USDA. According to the USDA, a wine must contain less than one part per million (ppm) to carry a “no sulfites” label. Wines containing fewer than 10 ppm may be labeled “contains only naturally occurring sulfites or no sulfites added”. Additionally these wines may instead choose to make no mention of sulfites at all on their bottles. Wines with more than 10 ppm must be marked “contains sulfites”.

However, there is a lot of wiggle room between 10 ppm and the max allowed standard, which is 350 ppm for conventional wines!

So what to do? Should you avoid all wines with any mention of sulfites?

Choosing a mix of organic and lower sulfite or sulfite-free labels is going to be your best bet.

Think that organic wines automatically equates to vinegar? Think again. Thankfully, a decade young movement into organic, biodynamic and sulfite free options has matured and is coming into it’s own.

Any wine that is certified organic wine must have fewer than 10 ppm naturally occurring sulfites in addition to containing only natural pesticides. Wines carrying "made with organic grapes" on the label must contain less than 100 ppm of combined natural and added sulfites.

Over the holiday season, we challenge you to test some organic wines and report back with your findings.

  • Which were your favorites?
  • What did you love about them?
  • Which turned your nose?

To get you in the spirit, one of the most celebrated Organic Vintners that carries the toughest labels is: Frey Organic. With a slightly peppery and fruit forward finish, my favorite of the sulfite free wines so far has been their Syrah.

Here is your Sulfite Cheat Sheet for your experiment.

How to Choose Sulfite Free Labels:
·      No Detectable Sulfites: less than 1 ppm
·      Certified Organic: less than 10 ppm sulfites
·      No Added Sulfites: less than 10 ppm
·      Made with Organically grown grapes: 100 ppm or less
·      Contains Sulfites: May contain up to 350ppm Sulfites

We will also be experimenting and reporting back early next year.

Happy vino experimenting!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Crispy, Delicious Fish, and Compliant too!

Testing fish for the first time after your Cleanse? Break out your hemp seeds, your pumpkin and even your chia to get a compliant fish dish on the table in no time. Most breaded fish recipes call for eggs, flour and bread or cracker crumbs. By using the seed trio, you'll amp up the protein per serving, avoid ingredients you may not have integrated yet and still achieve a crispy, nicely textured fish dish.


  • Filet of fish (your choice. Trout, salmon, halibut, cod all work well here) 
  • 1/4-1/2 c. pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tsp seasonal blend from kit
  • Himalayan salt and black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/3 c. water
  • 1/4 c. hemp seeds
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Over low heat, lightly toast the pumpkin seeds until you start to hear them pop, they'll have turned a nice, golden brown. Allow seeds to cool and transfer to a cutting board. Roughly chop the seeds. If you are making more than one filet, you can opt for a blender or food processor here although we like the resulting texture achieved with just a knife. 

Mix pumpkin seeds, seasoning and if using, salt and pepper.

In a second small bowl combine the chia seeds and water. Set aside until the chia has gelled (these will take the place of your eggs). 

Finally, in a third bowl, place your hemp seeds (these will take the place of the flour in most breaded fish recipes.) 

So now you have three bowls of seeds: pumpkin, chia and hemp. 

First, start by dipping the fish into the chia and spreading the mixture evenly over the filet. Second, place the filet into the hemp seeds, pressing the seeds into the fish on both sides. Thirdly, dip the fish into the pumpkin seed spice mixture and again, press the seeds into a thick coating around the fish.

Place the filet on a well oiled baking sheet and bake for 15-30 minutes dependent on the thickness of the fish. 

Organic Sunbutter

What’s a favorite sandwich spread that’s creamy and pairs with Jelly? Peanut Butter? We’ve got something even better in store for you.

Organic Sunbutter! Our clients have road tested it and given it a major thumbs up. It’s deliciously reminiscent of your favorite treat growing up, but free of the allergenic and moldy effects of peanuts. Slather it on a banana. Dip your celery stalks in it. Coat one of your favorite seed cracker treats. 

In Austin? Find it at People's RX South Location in the LoveLife Method section along with a selection of compliant snacks.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Kathy says goodbye to hot flashes and nearly 30 pounds, too!

Executive, Book and football lover

Kathy's Food Bloom:
  • Weight Lost: 29 pounds
  • Blood Pressure reduced
  • Sleep Quality: "2" to "7.5"
  • Wake throughout night: 20x per night to 2x per night
  • Hot Flashes: 10x per night to start, now entirely eradicated
  • Overall Energy: "5" to "8"
  • Cravings: "8" to "0"
  • Stress: "10" to "2"
  • Back Pain: "8" to "2"
  • Arthritis Pain: “8” to “2”
New Favorite Foods: Blueberries, spinach, kale, quinoa with avocado

Happy Foods: Green Juices help with weight loss and reducing back pain

Food Bloom Saboteurs:  

  • Nuts, Gluten, Soy increase hot flashes, decrease energy, cause sleep disruptions and headaches

From Kathy:

"I started this program as a diet - needing to lose a significant amount of weight. Instead I have discovered a way of life. I no longer crave unhealthy foods and when I am traveling I find I can't wait to get home and cook up a big batch of healthy vegetables. It is possible to travel every week and remain true to the principals of the program - yes it takes extra planning and packing, it takes commitment to finding restaurants that will honor your preferences, but it is doable! I travel almost every week all around North America and have discovered enough restaurants that will work with me. If I can't find one, I rely on the avocado, pumpkin seeds and Lydia's cereal that I take from home to get me through. The LoveLife Method"
- Kathy Kerr

*Update March 6th, 2013:
I also wanted to tell you two great things about my health - I took myself off cholesterol meds last fall and was just retested and have no need to go back on meds!  Secondly my cardiologist told me that I have successfully reversed the thickening of my heart wall that was there when he first started treating me 5 years ago. He said the combination of the eating, exercise and controlling my blood pressure has made me younger :) Thanks again for helping to change my life - I am slowly getting my husband on board too. I am in town this week so we are doing a veggie reset week together!" -  Kathy

Friday, October 12, 2012

Soar to the Top of Your Game: Our Brand New Fall Cleanse!

I admit it, I can be an idealist. With myself and with others.

Once upon a time I believed the instant any of us experienced how amazing we could feel, we would always choose to remain in Food Bloom nirvana.

And if we did have a rare bird moment and fall off track, as soon as we realized our wings were no longer carrying us as high, we’d fly back to our nest and use all of our tools to snap right back into soaring shape.

For some of us, this has been true.

We are thriving at a Level 8 energy, most days, all day long. Our belly is happy. We feel light and svelte. Sleep is better. Skin is glowing. And we are still happier and more patient because of foods. But for others, it’s a process.

We know exactly what we need to do and wake every Monday swearing to do it. But we don’t. And we’re just not feeling as sparkly as we used to.

As they say, old habits die hard. But with repetition new ones are born. We all know that to do anything well, it takes practice. So it is with foods.

My idealism bubble has been burst. Wide open. I now understand that even though we have the tools to get ourselves back on track, we sometimes need some back up.

We need to build into our psyches that no matter what happens, every 3 months, we will re-commit. We desire to be inspired. We want to dive deeper. We crave being alkaline.

We know we deserve to live at the top of our game and we can use a little help staying there.

Our new seasonal cleanses are designed to keep you flexing your might. 

In happiness and health,

The Love Cleanse: Fall 7 - Former Clients Self-Guide
The Love Cleanse: Fall 10 - New Clients, Let our Coaches show you the way to your Food Bloom
  • New seasonal products, new tracker, new materials and info 
  • Same results
  • Reset, Detox, Go Deeper, Feel Amazing


Here are the top 10 reasons to try our brand new Fall Cleanse:
  1. High Energy, Light Body, Happy Belly, Good Moods and more: What’s your Food Bloom? Life changing improvements are available to many people with our unique method.
  2. Stay at the top of your game: With our ongoing coach support and careful integration, you will learnhow to continue using food to feel remarkable, beyond the cleanse.
  3. Reset! Been through before and fallen off path a bit? Not feeling as good? A good old-fashioned reset is in order.
  4. Cleanse and Alkalize: Use our unique method to reduce the toxic burden in your body. We recommend a food-based cleanse every 3 months.
  5. Change Your Life: Come see why hundreds have called our method Life Changing! If you’ve already changed your life, keep those changes and new ones going strong.
  6. Kick the Cravings: Old habits have snuck back in? We’ll show you how to blow them out of the water.
  7. Practice Makes Perfect:Commit each and every season, to stay on track. Even if you do fall off, it won’t be too far. Eventually you will find yourself staying on track and continuing to feel amazing, most of the time.
  8. Go Deeper: Working with Food is like peeling back the layers of an onion. Every time you come back your body will share more.
  9. New products, New Information, New Format with Same Proven Results.
  10. You Deserve to Feel and Look Your Best.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jennifer L. Blooms!

Jennifer L: LMT, C.Ped., Adventure traveler, hiker, yogi, scuba diver

Jennifer's Food Bloom:
  • Weight Lost: 13 pounds
  • Energy: 5-8 pm: "4" to "8.5"
  • Overall Energy: "6" to "8.5"
  • Cravings: "4" to "0"
  • Digestive Symptoms: "6" to "2"
  • Memory: "5" to "8.5"
  • Stress: "4" to "2"
  • Irritability: "3" to "0"
  • Allergies: "5" to "1"
  • Rash: "7" to "2"

New Favorite Foods:
"I love having quinoa with a little olive oil, avocado and black beans for breakfast. Love the Superfood Snack with coconut water. Love steamed cauliflower with a little sea salt. Love substituting coconut aminos in recipes that call for soy sauce. Love green juice as a pick me up in the afternoon."

Happy Foods: "Superfood snack at midmorning helps eliminate almost all food cravings for the rest of the day.Green juice in the afternoon energizes me for the rest of my work day. Keeping sugar out of my diet reduces inflammation and keeps my joints happy."

Food Bloom Saboteurs:
  • Fruit creates bloating and digestive issues
  • Almonds create itching
  • Garlic creates incurable insomnia
  • Tomato creates sinus allergy symptoms and insomnia
  • Chili powder creates GI upset and digestive issues
  • Corn Chips create inflammation and exacerbate sinus symptoms
  • Cabbage and Brussels sprouts create joint discomfort and inflammation

From Jennifer
"I had discovered the LLM website a couple of years ago and had it in the back of my mind for a long time, before I decided to try the program. I have been completely gluten free for years and had very little soy or dairy in my diet for a long time as well, but I knew there were still some food sensitivities that I just couldn't work out on my own. My environmental allergies were so debilitating I had considered allergy shots or even leaving Austin!
I wasn't sure LLM could help me (and some of my friends were skeptical too) because I had worked so hard to clean up my diet already. There really are some things that people just don't think about, like food triggering the environmental allergy symptoms, instead of the other way around.
Within the first 10 days of the program most of my allergies had reduced so much, I realized that my environmental allergies were actually driven by food intolerances/sensitivities. 2 weeks into the program I was completely surprised that I needed almost no supplements or meds for allergies! Once I removed the offending foods, my allergies have been almost non-existent. It's fantastic to be able to breathe each morning when I wake up and for my joints to feel so good. Outside is actually a place I want to be again. I've also lost a bit of weight and my energy, mental focus and clarity is better than it has been in years. I won't lie....it's challenging to eat this way, but the benefits are so wonderful that I definitely think twice before eating something I know will trigger my allergies. LLM has taught me how good I can feel all of the time and I now have the education and knowledge to make more intelligent choices about food every day. I love that I have such a great baseline diet to go back to after periods where eating clean isn't available, and that I can get back to feeling great very quickly.
This is such a fantastic program...especially for me as I was already on the path, but I really had some missing pieces that this program put together for me!"

- Jennifer L.

Hot Love DIPS

If you could be any punctuation mark, what would you be? A “....”? A “?”. A “.”. Someone aptly explained our partner Katie Visco of Hot Love Soups, as a big Exclamation Point! We would add exclamation points!!!

Her spirit defies characterizing in words. But when we tell you that she ran across the country at 18 years old, inspiring others to live their passions and create their dreams, you will have an inkling. We are grateful to get to work with her and our clients adore her.
Chef Katie creates compliant LoveLife Method soups, exclusively for LoveLife Method clients and she peddles them over to clients homes on their first day of the program. Her latest incarnation has us all doing back flips. Citrus-free, 100% compliant bean dips! Katie came up with these oh-so-tasty delights when she herself went on her own food journey, completing The Love Cleanse last month. Read more about her inspiring experience here.

Olive Hummus and Mint Basil Green Goddess Hummus are so good that you’ll want to devour a tub every day while also adding a new BFF.
We love you Katie!

Hot Love Soup Maestra gets her Cleanse on!

Katie Visco, Hot Love Soup Maestra and Community Cultivator, Lover of sharing meals over good conversation, running, being outside, laughing, asking questions, traveling, loving life, nutrition, meeting new people, growing deeper, learning new things, moving my body, and cooking for people!

Katie's Food Bloom:

  • Bloating: "7" to "0"
  • Hunger: "7" to "0-1"
  • Cravings: "5" to "0"
  • Maintained her rockstar energy levels of "8" and "9" throughout the day

New Favorite Foods:
"I absolutely love the Superfood Snack! I crave it...with coconut water! Also, I can't get enough Wild Steelhead Trout, steamed with some baby spinach! And, gotta mention that I actually crave my own Hot Love Soup! My favorite is the Cold Beet Avocado Carrot Dill with Sunflower Seeds soup...so perfect, can even add beans, and better yet, some quinoa to it for more oomph!"

Happy Foods: "A standard breakfast of gluten-free whole grains - quinoa is my fave - with olive oil, avocado, coconut manna, kelp flakes, cinnamon, cardamom, and turmeric makes me feel like I can do anything the rest of the day!!! Also, soaking beans overnight and cooking with a strip of Kombu makes all the difference in the world when trying to increase digestibility."

Food Bloom Saboteurs:
  • Red Meat: Slows down digestion
  • Tomatoes: Impact digestion
  • Garlic: Impacts digestion
  • Onions: Cause Bloating

From Katie:
"The Love Life Method program has utterly change my life. I can't speak highly enough about the clarity and knowledge it has brought into my life - mind, body and spirit. I have learned that this life-long food journey is about me, and only me. It is about how I feel, and only my unique self/body can come to conclusions, whether they be backed by dogma or science...or not. I can detach from the dogma and science and still draw conclusions, for me. My own body/mind/spirit are the only players in this game;) Thanks to the LLM coaches and program for helping me get to this understanding.

The LLM program has helped me to create more presence and peace around food. I came into this program struggling with being present and sated at social gatherings when there was so much yummy food around. I thought I had to "take care" of eating the food or else it would go to waste. Or, that I should "take advantage" of all the yummy food by eating it because when someone gives you their food, they give you their heart. How could I not eat their food? Now, I have seen a considerable change; I don't get anxious or preoccupied anymore around food because I have the newfound knowledge of what foods are best for me, and which are not. So, I am ok passing up food being served based on this knowledge and peace;)

Cravings have gone down to nearly "none" because I am learning/have learned what foods are best for me, and how GREAT I feel when eating the LLM "phase-1 way." This causes me to not want or need foods that I used to crave like sweet treats, ice cream, bread, etc. Mentally, I don't need them anymore because I know how great I feel while eating the foods that are WHOLE and way better for MY body.

LOVE IT!!!!!"

- Katie V.

Fave Product: Inventive Eco-Organic Environmental Cleanser

Austin’s skincare gurus have a healthy assortment of opinions and recommendations. But on one there is unanimous consent.

Owners Jessica Slutsky of Sabia and Tracy Bethel of Aloe Skin + Body and many others all rave about Inventive Eco-Organics Skin Care line.

Inventive Eco-Organics is 100% organic, locally crafted and results driven. Innovations such as ozonated oils including an ozonated Jojoba Oil allow deeper penetration of the moisturizing properties along with antibacterial and antifungal properties for acne prone skin types.

Inventive’s Environmental Cleanser, offers the gratification of sudsing, without the stripping or pH imbalancing effects of many foaming cleansers. With both grapefruit and tea tree oil it effectively removes impurities and excess oils but it’s emollient properties also soothe, leaving the skin sparkling clean and dewy. This is my new favorite cleanser, especially heading into some drier winter months.

Head over to Sabia or to Aloe Skin + Body to see the entire line and to find the best options for your skin. Or shop online here.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cooking with Tea: Coconut Roobios Squash

Did you know there are more ways to enjoy tea than just sipping a warm cup of it? Nah, not just pouring it over ice, we're talking about cooking with it! If you’ve never thought about cooking with tea, you’re not alone. However, tea’s popularity in restaurant kitchens around the country is on the rise - it’s a great way to add a ton of flavor without additional oils or possible inflammatory seasonings.
Choosing non-caffeinated herbal teas also allows for a fresh way to spice up your dishes and stay compliant during your Love Cleanse. Just be sure to check the label for any ingredients you may be avoiding. Citrus in the form of orange and lemon peel are common additions to be on the lookout for. An added bonus, many herbal teas are high in antioxidants amping up your already healthy dishes to a whole ‘nother level.
We’ve been experimenting in the kitchen and are particularly fond of this Roobios infused squash recipe. Try it as written or add a few cups of veggie broth, a splash of coconut milk and blend away for an earthy, decidedly tasty squash soup - perfect for cooler weather! 



  • 1 tablespoon Roobios tea + a 1-2 teaspoons more
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil*
  • 1 medium butternut or acorn squash
  • Himalayan salt to taste
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat coconut oil over medium heat. Once warmed through and easily swished about the pan, add Roobios tea. Heat 30 seconds more and remove from heat. Allow oil and tea to sit for 5-10 minutes. If need be return to heat for a few seconds if the oil has begun to harden. Pour oil through seive to remove tea leaves.
While the oil is infusing, peel squash and slice into ½ inch slices. Or do like did, give the wash a quick rinse and leave the skin on for pretty plate presentation - your call. Crush remaining Roobios with Himalayan salt.
Brush the squash slices with infused oil, season with the salt/tea blend. Bake until edges are beginning to brown and squash is soft in the middle, about 30 minutes, give or take a few depending on your oven.
Serve warm. 

Looking for a holiday worthy dish or just really enjoying this tea party? Top the squash slices with a small dollop of coconut cream mixed with more Roobios. Drizzle with the lightest kiss of honey and leave those marshmallow laden casseroles in the dust!
*Avoiding coconut? Because you won’t be heating the oil to a very high temp, swap out with an olive oil.
Other ways to experiment with tea:

  • Swap out plain water in your morning grain recipes for tea-infused water instead. Try Honeybush Tea and amaranth for a lightly sweet way to start your day. Or try this Osmanthus tea variety - when steeped for a brief couple of minutes, this tea reveals an almost peach-like flavor.
  • Infuse an olive oil with your favorite tea and try drizzled over your grains. Roobios Quinoa anyone?
  • A surprisingly delicious pairing, licorice tea and asparagus make for a whole new flavor experience. We know, it sounds crazy but the pairing feels meant to be. We steamed the asparagus with some lightly brewed licorice tea and topped with some fresh tarragon for a truly unique dish.
  • Fresh mint is an old friend of Mediterranean chefs. Why not try cooking the mint flavor directly into the grains for a fresh spin on our Quinoa Tabouleh?
  • Black teas like lapsang souchong can add serious, smoky depth to meat and fish dishes when used as a rub or marinade but do contain caffeine, so you'll want to hold off until after your Cleanse.

Have you found a tasty tea combo? We would love to hear about it - share with us on our Facebook!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Cold-Pressing is Hot!

The Love Cleanse Green Juice, available cold-pressed at People's RX in Austin, TX 

I’ve recently experienced a rekindling for my love of juice. No stranger to its effects, I’ve been drinking the juice most days, for years. And as any of you who have been through our programs know, we’ve been devoted fans, getting you on the juice too. But as I began working on our TLC Seasonal Cleanses this past year, I’ve turned myself into my own guinea pig experimenting with different cleanse levels, new products, different food combos and different amounts of juice.

Inevitably, More Juice = More Vitality, More Happiness, More Satiation, More Glowing. When combined with my food foundation - eating foods that work, avoiding those that don’t, higher volumes of juice (especially a certain type which I’ll reveal in a moment) unlocked a superhero force, a secret weapon as powerful as any cape or bracelet.

Our mantra has been ‘become addicted to feeling good’. Over time of feeling great, the mantra shifts to ‘become addicted to feeling even better. 

This is why I’m so excited to let you know about a powerful new tool in supporting this healthy addiction. Cold-Pressed Juice is a revolution sweeping both coasts and now making it’s way to Austin. Why all the hype? It contains 3-4 times the nutrients, can be stored for three days (unlike other juices, which must be consumed immediately or within the same day) and the difference in flavor makes other juices taste like water in comparison.

Our brand new partners are the first to offer cold-pressed juices and you can pick up a cold-pressed version of The Love Cleanse Juice at these innovative locales: People’s Pharmacies (4 locations), the new downtown Daily Juice and coming soon to JuiceLand.

Whether cold-pressed or traditional, our alkalizing TLC toddies are on menus all over town and drinking your daily juice has never been easier. Wanna make your own juice at home? Greenling’s juice kits make it a breeze! Check out our brand new Juice Page for all of the latest. 

Combine daily cold-pressed TLC juice with your Food Bloom and you might find yourself leaping tall buildings in a single bound!

Tell us what you think on Facebook! 

Road Warrior Tip

Kathy Kerr is on the road all week every week and has some great tips for successfully navigating the program while traveling! Empowerment in restaurants makes the benefits sustainable. Check out these real-life notes in the field, to see how Kathy makes it work for her.

From Kathy:
“After lots and lots of discussion with the waiter, he finally got it that I didn't want the fish and vegetables cooked in any sauce - I made him write down, no dairy, soy or gluten on the pad and had him show it to me - challenging but I am learning if I am persistent they will get it. Food came out great and frankly mine looked a thousand times better than the people who ordered the same thing swimming in a white wine butter sauce.” 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

How Sam Became a Morning Man

Sam Kindard: BazaarVoice Software Development Engineer, Longhorn Fan, Good times/Good friends Gallivanting around Austin

Sam's Food Bloom:
  • Weight Lost: 11.5 pounds
  • Energy Upon Waking: "2" to "7.5-8"
  • 4-8PM Energy: "4" to "7.5-8"
  • Cravings: "8" to "0"
  • Hunger: "8" to "1"
  • Irritability: "7.5" to "2"
  • Itchy Eyes: "4" to "0"

New Favorite Foods:
Sam'which: Romaine Lettuce Leaves for the "bread" + Stone Ground Mustard + Oven Roasted Turkey + Fried Egg

Happy Foods: Turkey makes me feel like a super star! I am definitely not a natural vegetarian because I responded very well when I introduced that animal protein.

Intolerant Foods Discovered: 

  • Nightshades and Citrus cause me all kinds of problems. They make me feel pretty grumpy and mess with my energy levels and digestion.

From Sam:
"The program was really great for me. It was difficult to change my eating habits at first but once I got into the swing of it I found it pretty easy to maintain. I didn't go into the program caring about weight loss but I did end up losing about 10 pounds anyway and boy does it feel great!"
- Sam Kinard

Can food make us look younger?

I have witnessed such a tremendous impact in my own skin vitality, that I now encourage our clients to measure and embrace their Skin Glow. I know this can be a tough one for us ladies to own and I get it, who wants to gaze at themselves every day analyzing their glow? This is why, when walking through the tracker together, I always let clients know this area may be harder to gage on your own.

But who doesn’t love being stopped in the hall to have a colleague rave about how good you look? Many of our clients are surprised when other people inquire about their glow but it’s the best way to know. We hear it all the time in the daily tracker notes, “Wow, you were so right, someone told me how amazing I looked and asked me what I was doing!” Hence the power of food.

Here are biggest steps to truly reverse wrinkles and increase your glow:

  • Find and Remove food intolerances: Any foods creating inflammation can add years of age on the skin.
  • Eat Alkalizing Veggies like kale, broccoli, spinach and chard.
  • Drink Green Veggie juice every day. Find TLC Juice here.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Alpine Avocado Vinaigrette

Over the past four years, we've scoured the grocery stores in search of a compliant salad dressing that we could recommend for our programs. It had to be free of preservatives, junk oils, possible inflammatory ingredients and sugars. A seeming conundrum, nothing presented itself. Until now. 

We are thrilled to add a creamy, tasty, truly healthy salad dressing to our programs. Alpine Avocado Salad Dressing, is prepared from real ingredients – avocado, garlic, green onion, 100% extra virgin olive oil, rice wine vinegar.

Soon to be found at People’s Pharmacy in The Love Cleanse section and available for delivery by Greenling Organics.

Sikil P'ak

Rich, deep, earthy flavors make this pumpkin seed dip perfect for fall. Have any late summer tomatoes from the garden? They would make a perfect addition! 
  • 1 1/4 cup raw, green, hulled pumpkin seeds
  • 2-3 small to medium tomatoes
  • Handful of chopped cilantro
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Himalayan Salt to taste
  • Warm water as needed
If desired:
  • Add a jalapeño or two if a spicier final product is desired (check the pepper for spice level before throwing into the blender)
  • Lime juice, if citrus works for you, is a lovely way to brighten up this dip.
  • Garlic lovers, feel free to add 1-2 cloves
Over medium heat, lightly toast the pumpkin seeds, taking care not to burn by continuously stirring. This will bring out their natural oils and hence, lots of flavor. When slightly fragrant and beginning to brown, take off heat and transfer to high powered blender or food processor. Blend until powdery. 

In same pan, over high heat roast tomatoes until black spots appear on skin and tomato flesh is soft (about 8 minutes or so). Again, we're layering serious flavors here and the tomatoes take on a lovely, earthy quality when even very lightly roasted. If using jalapeño add to tomatoes and let blacken a bit as well. 

Remove tomatoes from heat. When cooler to the touch, peel and add to blender with seeds, cilantro, cumin, Himalayan salt. Add a tablespoon of warm water to get started and blend all ingredients. Continue to add water by the tablespoon as needed until you reach a creamy consistency. Dip shouldn't be at all runny, but loose enough to be able to use as a dip or spread. Although, thinned out further would probably make a great sauce for some steamed veggies! 

Seeds are natural thickeners and if the next day after being refrigerated, you find the dip is too thick for your taste simply add a bit of water and either stir or blend. Topping with a bit of fresh olive oil, cilantro and a few pumpkin never hurts either.

Serve your favorite selection of fresh veggies, seed crackers or corn chips. 

Makes about 1 1/2 cups of dip.